Posted: Jul 20, 2012 9:26 AM
Source: Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. - Authorities in at least six states are investigating whether a traveling hospital technician accused of infecting 30 people with hepatitis C in New Hampshire exposed earlier patients to the liver-destroying disease.
David Kwiatkowski, a former technician at Exeter Hospital, was arrested Thursday at a Massachusetts hospital where he is receiving treatment.
U.S. Attorney John Kacavas says once 33-year-old Kwiatkowski is well enough to be released, he will be transferred to New Hampshire to face federal drug charges.
He describes Kwiatkowski as a "serial infector" who worked in at least half a dozen states.
Investigators believe Kwiatkowski, 33, stole syringes containing fentanyl, a powerful anesthetic more potent than morphine, and injected himself with them.
They say he then put another liquid, such as saline, into the syringes, which were later used for patients.
A search of his vehicle uncovered an empty fentanyl syringe and several needles.